• T&D Student - UCSD
    I really like how positive he was - Professor McGinnis was so engaged and supportive of everyone's input. He was super open to all questions and comments. He is clearly an expert in his field and I absolutely gained a lot of knowledge that I have already implemented in my career.
    T&D Student - UCSD
  • M. Ternavan
    1:1 with my career coach helped me keep focused and was always positive.
    M. Ternavan
  • T. Lauerman
    Michael McGinnis is a superb coach and mentor. He was encouraging and dedicated.
    T. Lauerman
  • A. Kaplan
    Mike is wonderful, and my time with you was emotionally supporting and informative
    A. Kaplan
  • M. Chevrie
    Michael McGinnis was an incredible coach. He was very Professional, helpful, encouraging, and an overall pleasant person to talk with.
    M. Chevrie
  • C. Dekker
    Michael McGinnis was a great sounding board
    C. Dekker
  • S. Hilsher
    "Michael's coaching and teaching skills have helped me further develop my leadership, facilitation, and coaching skills."
    S. Hilsher
  • D. Gibson
    "I would have to say that Michael makes a difference in every person he comes in contact with. He is able to transfer his energy and passion for learning and personal development into an individual or a large group."
    D. Gibson
  • K. Gordon
    "I would not be where I am today without the commitment to my development by Mike."
    K. Gordon


The image above relates to a time when I realized the need to break through a change in my life and to develop my self-confidence & courage, which was holding me back from achieving my next step. What do you do to overcome your challenges, confront them! I was excited yet petrified at the idea of jumping out of a perfectly good plane. As the saying goes related to personal development, “I must do it myself, but I cannot do it alone!” The idea of Tandem Skydiving was perfect since it allowed me to work with an expert who would prepare, inspire and guide me. The outcome – BREAKTHROUGH ACCOMPLISHED! (click HERE to view my skydive video)

This example relates well to what I consider as Effective Coaching. Great coaches act as the Guide on the Side, beginning with a period of discovery by asking key questions and then listening intently and understanding your situation, aspirations, challenges, etc. Once the objective is clear along with the key obstacles we then work together to formulate a development plan, which you own. My work continues in a supportive role where I check in and continue to challenge and inspire you to keep moving forward.

Effective Coaching is ultimately about growing your self-awareness and changing your behaviors, both hard to do. But when you bring a willingness to be an active participant, an open mind to break through old paradigms, and a sense of adventure to be great, anything is possible!

Coaching is an art and a science which can take years to master…

As their coach, your job is to set the bar high, inspire them to reach this bar, encourage them, and most of all, guide them in the best possible manner and in the most supportive environment.
John Popovich

Anyone today can call themselves a “coach”, but few have acquired the skills, knowledge, experience, knack, and people skills to both guide and challenge you. Great coaches never tell you what to do, or, say “I know the answer”. Instead they help you identify your what and why, and then guide you on the how. This way you own the discovery process, learnings & outcomes, and are more apt to put your learnings into action because they are YOURS, not mine.


My life experience has been my most powerful teacher providing me with the situations to understand my strengths and weaknesses. My past was difficult and traumatic, resulting in many issues and challenges plaguing my life, career and relationships. When I broke out of the victim role and decided to take charge of my life, combined with working with many great coaches and teachers, amazing changes occurred.  My story is an open book, literally, featured in my book, “Discovering Michael: An Inspirational Guide to Personal Growth & Self-Discovery” (Balboa Press, 2014).

My uniqueness comes from the years of experience as the coachee, focusing on my own development and learning from amazing coaches. This helped me be to be a successful leader, educator, & facilitator. My knack comes from the years of being the coachee, focusing on my own career and life growth.


Career Changes – the options are enormous (Gig Economy, Portfolio Careers, Fractional CxO & more)

Career Search – the tools, methods, approaches are very different today and continue to change

Are you aligning your career plan with your life plan? What is your motivation for changing jobs? What are you seeking in your new job? How well positioned are you for a job search? What is your level of urgency?

These are a few of key questions one should address when considering career changes. It used to be all about just looking for a job. Now it is more about searching for a lifestyle and linking career with what you want out of life. A great career coach will step back and conduct a discovery to understand your situation, aspiration, needs and wants, and then guide you to conduct a “smart job search” to make the needed connections to land.

I coach clients every day as a Career Coach at Lee Hecht Harrison, along with my own coaching practice. I receive outstanding feedback based on bringing the qualities of a great coach, which has been a part of my entire career. I know the talent acquisition process, having led the transformation of a global talent acquisition department.


As a leader, you evaluate your intentions, actions, & motivations, and you will question whether you lived up to the responsibility and accountability one assumes in these roles. Did you walk people off cliffs, or up mountains? Did you subscribe to values related to ego, selfishness, greed, or external power, or to ones that promoted a greater good for humanity, selflessness, caring, and compassion?

My work focuses on helping leaders to develop their “leadership foundation” or as I state, “developing leaders from the inside out.” See Leadership page. It is often a life-changing experience. It is nearly impossible to go backwards once you make this journey. You come to understand yourself in ways that are deep and profound, developing stronger beliefs & values along with a sense of meaning & purpose that drive you and your teams forward. You become a leader of the people!

I have spent most of my career researching leadership and practicing it as a senior leader in global organizations. My reputation is that of a passionate and effective leader, inspiring and influencing individuals and teams to strive for their best and achieve their own potential and being a great coach since I walked my talk.


Life Changes – the primary symptoms often relate to one or more of the following; unhappy; lack of motivation, meaning, purpose; feeling different, lost, confused; and/or living with fear. Our past may have been difficult and/or something within is calling us with deeper and more profound questions. We are seeking to understand and re-define our definitions of happiness, love, meaning and joy. We may be seeking to understand life itself and how we fit in, or simply understand why we lost our zest for life.

These are often the characteristics of the clients I work with. I have spent most of my life focusing on my own personal growth and self-discovery, feeling all the above symptoms; and now enjoy serving as an inspiration and guide for others on their own journey. This is the topic of my award-winning book, Discovering Michael: An Inspirational Guide to Personal Growth & Self-Discovery, www.discoveringmichael.com . See my Personal Growth Blog at: https://discoveringmichael.wordpress.com/


Coaching sessions are typically scheduled on a bi-weekly basis at first, allowing us time to form a connection and understand the key issues. One the development plan is complete and set for action, monthly check-in sessions are suggested to check-in, help hold you accountable, and to provide support and encouragement until major milestones are achieved.

I suggest virtual meetings as the ideal way of conducting this work together. With a webcam to help make it personal, along with the convenience of being at home or in your office, makes it so much more convenient and effective. I have been operating virtually for the past decade in my career, which I am convinced will be the direction of the future.

Meetings are scheduled either using my on-line calendar, or at the end of each session. A meeting link (using Zoom) is sent along with access instructions.

Currently invoices are sent via Paypal following each session.

Thanks for your consideration,


Are You Ready?…

Email me at michael@myfullpotential.us or call me at 619.663.4022